Indigenous leaders seek support for employment program
OTTAWA — Indigenous leaders are asking the federal government to overhaul an employment program to help a young and growing population train for a first job and move up the corporate ladder.
The key messages from consultations on a new Aboriginal skills training strategy provided to Labour Minister Patty Hajdu earlier this year focus on creating sepa- rate strategies for First Nations, Metis and Inuit, rather than a pan-Indigenous approach.
Federal officials have told Hajdu that consultations with Indigenous and nonIndigenous stakeholders highlighted the need for more money for groups delivering training programs and a focus on the fast-growing cohort of Indigenous youth.
The aim of the recommendations is to shift the focus of the employment efforts to building employment skills.